2013 Students United! Conference
Friday, March 1, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)
The annual "Students United!" conference provides an opportunity for students to hone their leadership skills and a forum for student leaders to discuss important student issues, from campus life to the educational experience, with state education leaders.
This year’s conference is focused specifically on Civic Engagement, exploring how you can—and why you should—prepare yourself for a life as an actively engaged citizen. This topic was chosen by the Student Advisory Council, who are invited each year to choose a theme related to leadership that will drive the agenda for the day. Past themes chosen by the Council have included Advocacy (2010), Activism (2011), and Leadership Skills (2012).
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Room 215 in the Campus Center has been reserved for Faculty/Staff Advisors.
This year’s conference will feature:
- Keynote speaker Secretary Matthew Malone
- Leadership trainer Nancy Hunter Denney
- Opportunities to network with fellow student leaders and recent alumni
- Morning breakout sessions:
The Power of Influence: Creating a Movement
Do you struggle with influencing others? Have you ever asked yourself, “How do I create a movement?” This session will use music and theory to demonstrate how one can make a difference through the power of leadership.
- Show Me the Money
Learn more about the Massachusetts State Budget process and the distribution of nearly $1 billion in state funding to Massachusetts' public colleges and universities. This soup-to-nuts discussion will cover everything you need to know to advocate for campus and financial aid funding, including where state funds come from, how they are channeled through the budget process, and how they make their way to your campus. This session will also cover the new process for allocating community college funding, which is proposed to go into effect next year.
- When “Whatever” isn’t Working: How to Inspire Yourself and Others
To lead others, you must first lead yourself. Although you believe yourself to be a leader, do you hear yourself giving up or letting important things go? Do you wonder if it’s just you and no one else cares? This informative skill-building session on motivation asks participants to explore those personal triggers which give and take away energy while considering tips for motivating and empowering others into action. Learn how the simple things matter (including the language you use!)
- Women, Leadership and Engagement
Female students’ leadership competence is higher than male students, yet women’s confidence in their leadership ability is less than that of men (Dugan and Komives, 2007). Where do you experience gendered differences in leadership and civic engagement? What does it mean to be a woman on a leadership path within higher education and in the community? This session explores individual motivations for civic/community engagement, collective models of leadership development, and how individual institutions and the Massachusetts system of public higher education can [better] support our leadership efforts on and off campus. The facilitator will encourage a critical discussion of gender and leadership/civic engagement.
- Student Led Change: How to Impact Your Community with YOUR Ideas
Volunteer Opportunities are available everywhere you turn. They’re a great way to bolster your experience, your resume, and your ability to carry on a conversation in an interview. But have you thought about how you can use your own passions and interests to create real and tangible change in your own community? We will lead you through the process of how to identify which community you want to impact, an analysis of what needs that community has, and asset map the skills and interests of those you’re working with. We’ll then brainstorm ways that these three things can be married in a way that allows YOU to lead the change in your community, and to have a significant investment in seeing it through. If you’re looking to build your project management skills or just to get beyond the one-day volunteer opportunities, this is the workshop for you! Individuals are welcome, but groups are highly encouraged to attend together!
- Afternoon cooperative sessions:
- Taking the Lead: Leadership on your Campus and Beyond
Learn how to represent your campus agenda. This session will harness your ability to work with other statewide campus leaders, communicate effectively on and off your campus, and serve as an advocate for your campus and fellow students. Through an interactive format led by recent alumni of Massachusetts public colleges and universities (and the Students United conference), you will learn practical skills that will help you identify problems and work to solve them beyond the campus and move your agenda forward. Participation in this session is encouraged for students who plan to participate in Public Higher Education Advocacy Day at the Massachusetts State House on March 5th.
- Believe Me, It’s You! How to Work Towards a Collective Leadership Identity and Deal with Difficult People
People are people. To lead others towards a common goal necessitates working with others, and let’s be honest… it’s hard to build a “collective leadership identity” with diverse personalities. This highly engaging and interactive session asks you to examine through self-assessments your own interpersonal communication preferences to determine your “linkable” rating. Strategies for working more collaboratively, finding the middle ground and building a unified leadership identity will be shared along with valuable tips on how to communicate more effectively.